Brainstorming can be done using the network thinking approach. Normally it can be difficult to start from a blank page or to connect the dispersed ideas. However, if you represent your ideas as a network the thinking process will start to flow naturally as you are encouraged to think in terms of the connections.
Using the InfraNodus Brainstorming App you can simply start writing in your ideas and InfraNodus will automatically recommend the next interesting idea to think of for you. You can also use advanced network graph analytics to make new connections and to generate ideas you haven't thought of before.
Here is a video that explains how it works with a detailed workflow tutorial below:
Step 1: Choose the Brainstorming app on the InfraNodus apps page
Step 2: Start writing your thoughts, they will be visualized as a graph.
- Use the graph to find new interesting patterns and connections and to bridge the gaps between the different ideas
- Follow the advice from our recommender system, and
- Check the Analytics panel to have an overview of the discourse that gradually emerges.
Step 3: Once you developed a discourse, remove some nodes from the graph and reiterate the steps above. This helps you see beyond the obvious and develop the more peripheral parts of your discourse.
This is how you delete the most influential nodes:
Once you repeat the steps above, get the deleted nodes back into the graph, and
Step 4: Review the graph and see the most essential statements
Step 5: Verify that you managed to describe your topic well.
- Check out the graph, see if what you wanted to talk about is there
- Check out the analytics panel, check if the topical clusters are coherent and clear
- See the Essential Statements (above) and evaluate if they provide a good summary
- Check if the discourse's structure is at a desired level (mindviral immunity index or the discourse structure score in the analytics panel — we recommend
- "diversified" for the texts that attempt to communicate information,
- "focused" for editorials, opinion pieces, and manifestos,
- "diversified" for poetry and artistic work.
For instance, in the example above, we're happy with the outcome, so we move on.
If you are happy, you can export your entries as a text file to be published.
If you feel like you need to improve the narrative, use the Interpret feature as explained below.
Step 6: If you need to write a more coherent text based on your ideas, use the Interpret feature. In order to do that, click "Interpret" and start writing the text based on your previous graph:
Step 7: After you click "Interpret" a new graph will open.
Everything you add will overlay on top of the existing graph with a gray color. This way you will be able to see how much of the previous discourse's territory is covered by the new narrative that you created on its basis.
When you are writing, try to look at the graph and the analytics panel to be sure you're covering all the important topics and terms in your new text.
While you can use the Interpret feature just to create a short outline or an overview, you can also use it to rewrite your text — this will help you train to deliver the narrative in a clear and concise fashion.
Click on the "Interpretation Overlay" menu above to see the overlay graph. If the graph doesn't show up click the Reset Graph button on the Analytics panel.
The goal is to have the gray color cover most of the original graph: this means that your narrative touches upon all the important parts of the discourse.
Step 8: Explore What's Missing.
On the graph above you can see some of the parts of the graph that have not been covered by the narrative. In order to see what they are and what we are missing, we can filter the graph to show only those nodes that were not covered:
From this graph, we can see that we missed out on the two military strategies that we wanted to write about. So we're going to add it into the narrative and then our text is done.
Export the text statements you made in the interpretation graph as a text file, check it with another editor, like Grammarly, for the mistakes and style, and it is ready to publish!